JULIA BARFIELD, FRSA MBE RIBA , (born 1952) is a British architect
and director of
Marks Barfield Architects , established in 1989.
Barfield created the
London Eye together with husband partner David
Marks . Barfield has interest in vernacular architecture, geometry and
in the way nature "designs and organizes itself so efficiently". She
was influenced by
Buckminster Fuller and his beliefs on how architects
have a social and environmental responsibility. Barfield remains
involved in a diverse array of projects within architecture, including
the categories of culture, education, transportation, sports, leisure,
and master planning.
* 1 Education
* 2 Experience
* 3 Works
* 4 Awards
* 5 References
Julia Barfield studied at the Architectural Association School of
Architecture in London from 1972 to 1978. During her year out, she
went to South America and worked in the barriadas (squatter
Lima in Peru designing housing and a community centre.
According to an interview with the Architects Journal Magazine,
Barfield was drawn to architecture because of her parents' best
friend's father, also an architect. She was interested in the arts and
sciences, and believes that "architecture is a bridge" between these.
After graduation, Barfield worked for
Foster and Partners
Foster and Partners for nine
years. In 1990, together with husband David Marks, they founded Marks
Barfield Architects . During the last 13 years, with Marks, she has
designed projects in the leisure, housing, transport, education and
cultural sectors. Barfield has served as an Awards' assessor for RIBA
and Civic Trust, as well as a judge for various architectural
competitions. A recent competition Barfield judged was the RIBA
forgotten Spaces Competition.
Barfield serves as a leader within the field of architectural
education, continuing to lecture at conferences and universities,
advising for the Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment
Masters' course at Cambridge University , is a Governor at Godolphin
The best thing about the Eye is the journey. It’s not like the
Eiffel tower, where you get in a dark lift and come out on to a
platform at the top. The trip round is as important as the view.
-Julia Barfield, 2015
In 1993, the
Sunday Times and the
Architecture Foundation held an
open competition to design a landmark for the millennium, which would
in turn be the
London Eye . According to an interview with architects
David Marks, and Julia Barfield, their design submission for the
competition did not win; in fact, none of the submissions won the
competition. Instead, the architects decided to build The Eye anyway.
In March 2000, the
London Eye was completed for ₤85m.
Julia Barfield and her firm have won more than 60 awards for their
design, innovation and sustainability. Barfield is the winner of
"Architectural Practice of the Year" in 2001 and a "Queen\'s Award
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* ^ A B "Women In Architecture:
Julia Barfield / Marks Barfield
Architects". OpenBuildings. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
* ^ A B C D E "
Marks Barfield Practice". Marks Barfield.
* ^ "Julia Barfield: ‘A lot of architects have the ideas but they
don’t take them forward’". Architects Journal. Retrieved
* ^ "Official website". Jillie Bushell Associates. Retrieved 12
* ^ A B C Abbott, Kate (10 February 2015). "Architects David Marks
and Julia Barfield: how we made the London Eye". theguardian.com.
Retrieved 12 October 2015.
* WorldCat Identities
* VIAF : 124246506
* GND : 130073679
* ULAN :